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The Finanser’s Week: 27th May – 2nd June 2024

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One account to rule them all?

I was having a chat with some friends about the good old days, where everything was domestic and local. We had passbooks, cheques, cash and branches. Ah, those were the days. Life was simple, money was all in one place and easy to manage. Then the ATM came about and so we moved to cards…

The aggregator on steroids with AI

Yesterday I talked about the difficulty of managing multiple financial accounts, and that we needed one account to rule them all. The problem with this is that you then have concentration risk, as one account if hacked would mean you would lose it all in seconds. So, what to do? The answer is one aggregated…

What’s the future of card schemes?

I got into a new debate yesterday, talking with two guys who are formerly with big card companies (shush, you know who), and we started debating the four-pillar model that’s been around for the last half century. The model is the basis of the card industry and involves acquiring merchants, issuing cards through banks, and then…

Do we need banks?

I was having a candid chat with a banking friend about life, the world and money, and he asked me a series of questions:

  • How do we change culture to meet today’s fast-moving changes?
  • How can we be more agile?
  • How important are partnerships?

The names Bond … Bank Bond

I often come back to the trough of banking licenses, but if banks didn’t have banking licenses, why would we need them? A banking license is not just about compensation and insurance schemes, but about trust, trade, risk, regulation and returns. More than this, once a bank has a license it can lend, something an…

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, TheFinanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News. To learn more click here...

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